“I Want To Have You All To Myself”
11 Years Ago:
After last week’s episode focusing on the backstory of Lulu, I predicted that this time we might get an episode focusing on Ginko and her past. And that’s what got… for the most part. We certainly got a spotlight shone on Ginko, for which I am grateful, and shed more light on how she and Kureha are linked in the current story. As it turns out, 11 years ago, 5 year old Kureha found Ginko’s chibi bear body in the aftermath of a battle. By the looks of it there was definitely some intense war going on at this time, and I liked that shift into something more serious and touching as opposed to the silliness and sexiness that Yuri Kuma Arashi embraces at every opportunity. Unless I missed some details, there was no confirmation whether Ginko was the one who ended up killing Kureha’s mother. The more I think about the more I wonder if she really might be the killer, especially once the ever-troubling Yuriiika is factored in. Still, Ginko actively labels herself as a Criminal-Bear, so there must be some reason behind that title, which will hopefully get explained at some point.
It’s quite cute how much Ginko loves Kureha. Now that we know how they first met it’s easier to hope they manage to get together despite the odds. Ginko’s occasional hallucinations were quite amusing, even more so when it cut back to reality and we saw just how Kureha is not down for any of this. It’s a difficult situation because although I’m rooting for Kureha and hope that justice is served, I think there is more to Ginko and Lulu’s characters than we were initially led to believe, so I hope they get involved as a trio sooner rather than later.
Ginko may love Kureha but she and Lulu can’t even make friends with her. Kureha herself points out that people shouldn’t be friends with her after her classmates declaring her ‘evil’. I did that was very harsh when it happened, but it was even worse seeing Harishima Kaoru (Hikasa Yoko) successfully fool Kureha into believing that she and the other girls really wanted to be her friends. It’s sad, and thank god Ginko and Lulu stepped in when they did… though now they’re caught in a sticky situation themselves. Who said making friends was easy?
Overview – What’s Next?
First thing’s first, there is no way that Ginko is dead after that. I said I wasn’t sure about Mitsuko’s ‘death’ either, but that we seemed to be oddly confirmed (or shelved for later), but it’s hard to tell. All in all, a fairly simple episode with a lot of the details still too nonsensical to paint the complete picture, and I wouldn’t expect any different. I’d also like to see more of what went down 11 years ago, from the point of view of various characters. There’s some seriously interesting stuff going on here, it’ll just take time to see where this is heading.